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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Submitted for your consideration, 20th century architectural history in miniature, as illustrated by three buildings. Located in Inwood neighborhood of upper Manhattan, each is located right next to the other. Here’s a map in the order we’ll be … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I spotted this at Design Within Reach, a chic national chain that sells modernist furniture, at their location on 3rd Avenue. Erasing the boundaries between inside and out is one thing if you live in Newport Beach, CA … Continue reading

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On Architectural Contrast

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I spend more time than is probably healthy trolling providing constructive comments in various reddit architectural forums. There are lots of contemporary architecture fans around there and one thing I see constantly is their enthusiasm for contrast of … Continue reading

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Today’s Lunchtime Reading: Christopher Alexander v. Peter Eisenman

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Paleo Retiree, a legendary debate between Christopher Alexander (pictured above, left) and Peter Eisenman (right) from 1982 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on traditional v. postmodern architecture. CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER: The thing that strikes me about … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower looms over the Potter Building in lower Manhattan. Click on the image to enlarge.

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A Day at the Getty Center

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Paleo Retiree’s swipe at Richard Meier reminds me that I’ve been meaning to share some photos of my trip to the Getty Center last month. Have you ever been there? It’s located in the hills overlooking Brentwood and … Continue reading

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“Urbanized” (2011)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The third volume in Gary Hustwit’s super SWPLy design series for the TED crowd — following his previous HELVETICA and OBJECTIFIED — I found this documentary only intermittently engaging. I enjoyed HELVETICA, which looked at 20th century … Continue reading

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Eyesore of the Month: Library of Birmingham

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The architectural decadence of civic buildings continues. Here are a couple shots of the new library currently being built in Birmingham, England. Not only does the style clash with the surrounding context, but so does the scale. … Continue reading

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Europe Seems to Have a Thing Right Now for Twin, White, Abstract Towers

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Here are the “Torres de Hercules” in Spain, designed by Rafael de La-Hoz Architects. Pretty terrible, but nothing compared to the Bella Sky Hotel in Denmark, designed by a Danish firm called 3xn. This website calls it “a tasteful … Continue reading

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